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If you are using Ciloxan for treating conjunctivitis or a corneal ulcer, it is important to know that this medication can cause problems, such as a mild burning sensation or other eye irritations. Other safety precautions with Ciloxan involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, you may not be able to use this eye medication if you have certain allergies.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Ciloxan® (ciprofloxacin ophthalmic) if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Precautions and Warnings With CiloxanSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
- Ciloxan is a topical eye medication. It should only be used in the eye.
- Ciloxan does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, Ciloxan may cause an overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms, including fungi. Therefore, if your infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- Although some temporary eye irritation, such as a mild burning, may occur with Ciloxan use, let your healthcare provider know if you experience extreme or persistent irritation.
- Ciloxan ointment may cause blurred vision. Therefore, you should not drive or do anything else that requires clear vision while using this ointment.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis, or while using Ciloxan. The use of contact lenses may worsen your infection.
- The use of Ciloxan eye drops may lead to the formation of a white, crystal-like substance, called a precipitate, in the eye. In clinical trials, this substance occurred in some people using Ciloxan to treat corneal ulcers. This reaction did not prevent the continued use of the medicine, and resolved without any need for treatment in the majority of cases.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, may spread very easily. Therefore, it is very important that you do not touch the tip of the Ciloxan container to your eye, to help limit the spread of infection. Also, make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
- Ciloxan is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Ciloxan Drug Interactions).
- Ciloxan is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Ciloxan and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Ciloxan passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medicine (see Ciloxan and Breastfeeding).